15 Hilarious Celebrity Audition Tapes

Quick, think of your favorite character from film or TV. Got it? Now imagine someone else wearing that character’s clothes and saying that character’s words. Unless you’re thinking of James Bond, Doctor Who, or another notoriously replaceable face, it’s probably hard to picture a different actor playing the part. Alas, before there were “lights, camera, action” on all our favorite productions, there were auditions, and that role was up for grabs. Check out some silly successful, failed, and even fake audition tapes, featuring some very familiar faces, after the jump.

Chris Klein auditioning for Mamma Mia!

Here we find American Pie star Chris Klein gloriously butchering ABBA’s “Lay All Your Love On Me” in hopes of landing the Mamma Mia! role that was ultimately snagged by Dominic Cooper. It’s unconfirmed whether this enthusiastic tape is real or contrived, but since Klein did his best to make fun of it on Funny or Die, we’re just going to assume it’s real. Rock on, Chris Klein.